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Looking for a way to take better care of your woodlands? We can help!

An Ecological Approach to Forest Stewardship

Saturday April 27, 2019 from 10:00 AM – 2:30 PM (participants should bring a bag lunch)
At the Cary Institute Carriage House
2917-2919 Sharon Turnpike, Millbrook, NY
Registration fee: $20 (pre-registration required)

Please note that this is an advanced level program and is not suitable for children.

You probably know that our forests provide important services such as clean air and water, flood control, natural cooling, supplemental income, scenic views, and sites for outdoor recreation. But did you know that three-quarters of New York’s forested lands are privately owned? This means that anyone who owns or manages private forested lands can influence the health and future of this important resource for everyone.

If you own forested lands, the way you manage them can have an impact on everyone around you. Our upcoming workshop, An Ecological Approach to Forest Stewardship, will give you the tools you need to understand the impacts of your management decisions on forest health and function, and put you on the path to wise stewardship of this critical resource.

This workshop, led by Dutchess Land Conservancy Ecologist Julie Hart and Cary Institute Wildlife Biologist Mike Fargione, and co-sponsored by the Cary Institute, will explore the basics of forest ecology and stewardship using a combination of classroom presentations and hands-on activities. Attendees will learn about the ecology and history of local forests, how to create a simple forest inventory, and how to identify threats to forest health, with a focus on using an ecological approach to set management goals. The workshop is designed for anyone interested in learning about forest stewardship for the small backyard woodlot or privately owned larger woodland.

We’ll be spending time outdoors doing non-strenuous fieldwork, so please wear appropriate clothing and sturdy shoes, and bring raingear if necessary.

Space is limited to 20 participants, so sign up early!

Please note that this is an advanced level program and is not suitable for children.

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